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Living as Children of Light
People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live. We are to live full of life (Ephesians 5:8). We are to leave behind the old life of sin, since we are followers of Jesus.
Living the Christian life is a process. Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Jesus. But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time.

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There are many inspirational and reflective statements in our bible.

Let’s attempt to interpret two informative proclamations that have been given to us.

To “submit to the yoke” means to willingly come under God’s discipline and learn

what He wants to teach. This involves several important factors: (1) silent reflection

on what God wants, (2) repentant humility, (3) self-control in the face of adversity,

UNITY THROUGH HUMILTY

Unity through Humilty
My sisters and brothers many people – even Christians – live only to make a good impression on others or to please themselves. But selfishness brings discord.
When we work together, caring for the problems of others as if they were our problems, we demonstrate Jesus’ example of putting others first, and we experience unity. Don’t be so concerned about making a good impression or meeting your own needs that you strain relationships in God’s family.

WE MUST SEEK GOD, HE IS WAITING

We must seek God, He is waiting!
Do you remember how you felt when you were very young and your birthday approached? You were excited and anxious. You knew you certainly receive gifts and other special treats. But some things would be a surprise. Birthdays combine assurance and anticipation, and so do faith! Faith is the conviction based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours.

Beating Temptations

Beating Temptations
Jesus left the crowd and went into the desert where He was tempted by Satan. Temptation is bad for us only when we give in.
We should not hate or resent times of inner testing, because through them God can strengthen our character and teach us valuable lessons. When you face Satan and must deal with his temptations and the confusion he brings, remember Jesus. Jesus used God’s Word against Satan and won. You can do the same.
To be tempted is not a sin. Tempting others or giving in to temptation is sin.

Your Last Day

Your Last Day
What if you were told this morning that today was to be your last day on earth? How would you spend its passing hours? Whom would you insist on seeing? Would your behavior differ radically from what it usually is?
Someone has wisely said: You should treat every day as if it’s your last one, because one of these days you’re going to be right.”

Separation is negative, companionship is essential!

Separation is negative, companionship is essential!
Some people are lazy while others are workaholics. The lazy person, seeing the pointlessness of running here and there for success, idles away his time and hurts both himself and those who depends on him.
The workaholic is often driven by envy, greed, and a constant desire to stay ahead of everyone else. Both extremes are foolish and irresponsible.

Jesus is Greater than Moses

Jesus is Greater than Moses
For Jews the highest human authority was the high priest. For us Christians, the highest human authorities were God’s messengers, the apostles. Jesus, God’s Messenger and High Priest, is the ultimate authority in the church.

The Test Of Our Religion

The Test Of Our Religion
Imagine that you are making application for heaven. What would you list as your qualifications?
I have always believed in God.
I’m thought of as a religious person.
I have tried to live a good life.
I have been baptized.
I go to church.
I haven’t done anything real bad.
I have friends who will vouch for me.

One Body with Many Parts

One Body with Many Parts
The apostle Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body. Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. The parts are different for a purpose, and in their differences they must work together. Christians must avoid two common errors: (1) being proud of their abilities, or (2) thinking they have nothing to give to the body of believers. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we should use our different gifts, together, to spread the Good News of salvation.

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